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On Tap with Corey and Ira

Author: Corey Butler and Ira Carlson

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Corey Butler and Ira Carlson explore southern Minnesota breweries and beer. Featuring interviews with area brewers and educational segments on the craft side of beer, as well as representatives from the spirits, wine and cider industries.
59 Episodes
No. 59 | Steel Toe Brewing

No. 59 | Steel Toe Brewing


Michael Wagner, head brewer and production manager of Steel Toe Brewing, visits Corey and Ira in studio to talk about the St. Louis Park business. As one of the early entrants in the Minnesota craft boom, Michael talks about how Steel Toe set the stage for quality, well-crafted beer, and how they’ve strategically grown to […]
Corey and Ira travel to Saint Paul to visit with Tom Schroeder, proprietor of the outstanding Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery. The three talk about Waldmann’s approach to lagers, what food they offer and the long history of their building. Check them out if you haven’t! Montgomery Brewing provides this episode’s delicious beer samples, including the […]
No. 57 | Angry Hog Brewery

No. 57 | Angry Hog Brewery


Corey and Ira chat with Joe and Kevin of Angry Hog Brewery in Austin, Minnesota. They learn about the young brewery, how they’re connecting to the community and what to expect as summer nears. Beer samples come this episode from one of the newer Minneapolis breweries, La Doña Cervecería. Both were great! Be sure to […]
Corey and Ira pay a visit to Chapel Brewing in Dundas to chat with Andrew Burns, head brewer and co-owner (and contributor to this show) to catch up. They talk what’s taken place at the brewery in the past 16 months, and what lies ahead this spring and summer. Beer samples this week come courtesy […]
Corey and Ira welcome Waconia Brewing Company’s Bob DeLange and Tom Schufman to the KYMN studio to talk about the company’s creation, all the beers they’ve produced and what lies ahead as they near five years in business. For this week’s beer samples, Corey and Ira enjoy offerings from Surly Brewing Co., Indeed Brewing Company […]
Corey and Ira take the scenic route to visit Half Print Brewing Co. in Waseca, Minnesota. The guys chat with Mike and Amy McQuery, co-owners of Half Pint, and come straight from the farm brewery’s beautiful taproom to talk about the vision of the business, how the two landed in Minnesota to open it and […]
Corey and Ira visit Boathouse Brothers Brewing Co. in Prior Lake, Minnesota to chat with proprietors Emmett and Kevin. They hear about how the business came to be, how the love of water influenced the brewery heavily and how the first year has gone. Also, we go through many of the 16 taps available! It’s another […]
No. 52 | Hoops Brewing

No. 52 | Hoops Brewing


Corey and Ira wrap up their one-day winter voyage to Duluth by visiting Hoops Brewing on Canal Park. The two talk with proprietor and brewer Dave Hoops on a busy Saturday night in the heart of the brewery — its brewhouse. Hoops, a pillar of Minnesota brewing, shares the idea around developing his namesake business, his […]
In their third visit of four in Duluth, Corey and Ira stop at Blacklist Artisan Ales and talk with co-owner Jon Loss. They talk about the company’s approach to beer through a European lens, their re-imagining of a well-known downtown Duluth space and how the company has grown and plans to grow in the future. […]
Corey and Ira make their second of four stops in Duluth, Minnesota by visiting Bent Paddle Brewing Co. They talk with Laura and Colin Mullen, two of the co-owners of the brewery, about the tremendous success and growth of the business, their dedication to Duluth and the Lincoln Park neighborhood and, of course, the wonderful […]
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Gene Lindsey


Feb 12th
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